Artist and singer Usher awarded primary custody of his two sons

Divorce with children is never easy. Long contentious and bitter battles between parents for child custody can go on for years after a divorce.

Since his divorce was finalized in 2009, artist and singer Usher was involved in a highly contentious and bitter custody battle of his two sons with his ex. The child custody battle finally ended with Usher being awarded primary custody and joint legal custody of the boys.

Residents of Florida facing similar child custody challenges and disputes have options and should not lose hope. Generally, there is a presumption that it is in the best interest of the child to have as much contact as possible with both parents. However, in certain cases, such as domestic abuse and violence, it is in the best interest of the child for only one parent to have primary custody. Depending on the potential threat the non-custodial parent poses to the custodial parent and child, visitation may or may not be granted. However, when feasible, it is important for parents to play an integral role in the lives of their children.

Emotions may run high before, during and after a divorce. In fact, the finalization of a divorce may only be the beginning of a long custody battle. Thus, in the best interest of the child, it is important for parents to set aside their differences and work toward a mutually agreeable visitation schedule or arrangement. In cases where parties simply cannot agree, other legal options are available and the court may have to settle the custody issue.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Usher wins primary custody of sons after long battle with ex-wife," Christie D'Zurilla, Aug. 24, 2012

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